Yarn Along

IMG_4738 Joining Ginny today for a Yarn Along post.

I’ve been remiss in posting lately as I take on some other creative projects for my side job doing web design and logos.  I was able to work on a fun project designing a logo and a business card for a client about a week ago.  I have two client websites simmering along in the development stage too so I’m very busy!IMG_4733

I love that work but I’ve been missing knitting time.  Last night I was able to dedicate some time to working on the lace section of the sweater.  It was wonderful to knit and read for awhile.  My little sweetheart was only somewhat awake this morning before school and she barely allowed to me to snap pictures of her in the sweater.  It was so hard for her to smile when she was so sleepy!

Right now I’m re-reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion and flipping through Paleo Comfort foods for some good cooking inspiration.  We have to eat grain free around here so some I’m loving this cookbook.  My favorite cookbooks have pictures for most every dish and this one delivers!  The biscuits and sawmill gravy is the recipe that grabs me today…I need to slip that into the menu in the next few days.  Meanwhile I’ll be searching for some new dinner ideas. IMG_4728

A Winter Walk

A light overnight snowfall after an evening of blowing rain left us with a beautiful morning for a walk Friday. The little ladies enjoyed the crunching and cracking sounds of the ice and snow under their boots. These boots don’t get much wear with mild winters but it was so much fun to have an excuse to wear them!

Do you remember not being able to sleep at night because you could see the first snow of the year falling outside your bedroom window? My wee ones confessed to staying up watching it. Their excitement had not diminished by morning so what I envisioned as a winter walk was initially a run.

 

Then it was time to explore. The majestic magnolia trees are a draw in any weather and lend themselves well to imaginative play- what a magical place for shelter.

The sunlight was very bright and the temperatures were hovering around freezing. Do you see my little friend sneaking into the picture below? One moment she wasn’t there but when she saw me pull out the camera she quickly snuck in behind her sister.

On the walk home we made some mini-snowmen… or rather ice men and we saw robins enjoying the mud and worms left after the storm.

The glassy ice over a puddle was irresistible… what does it feel like? What will it do if I push it just so?

The chunks of snow turned to ice were carried like prized treasures on the walk home until cold fingers dropped those frozen finds along the path. It is so hard to believe it was 70 degree weather last weekend and now we have snow and ice! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

A Beginning

I’m starting this blog to share some of my creative adventures.  I’ve found myself creating more and more over the last two years and it is one of the highlights of my day.  Attending the children’s sports practices and events caused me to pick back up knitting since the sewing machine and other crafts weren’t so portable and resistant to the elements.

I learned to knit in the third grade at school, but didn’t pursue it very long.  I tried to pickup knitting several years ago but I ended up using some acrylic with a bumpy texture and a tendency to split.  My interest died off as I struggled with the yarn and hated the results of my uneven tension on a scarf project.  Within the last two years, one of my children was taught English style knitting by someone else.  She struggled with the tension herself as well as with dropping stitches. As I thought about how to help her, I remembered someone once showing me portuguese style knitting. I share this style with her after working through learning that style- it requires less wrist motion and just seems simpler to me.  The portuguese style knitting is unusual because the tension is created by running the yarn behind the neck or through a pin on the knitter’s blouse.

Happy with the better results from even tension and quick stitching, I knit a couple of hat projects and then took on Tora Froseth’s Little Sister’s Dress and had a blast.  This dress construction was spread out for many months, often put down for long periods of time when I didn’t have sports events or downtime for knitting.  For projects I have done since, I prefer to dye yarn for my projects.  I have recently knit a single skein baby sweater (Lillie Baby Cardigan) and have begun a girl’s cardigan sweater in hand-dyed superwash wool.

 

While dying yarn and knitting are recent loves, I have spent so much more time sewing and making jewelry over the years.  I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop soon, offering all the fun projects that I enjoy gifting to friends and family.  This is a fun opportunity for me!